𝘎𝘺𝘮 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘍𝘪𝘵𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘐𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘴.
Recent research indicates that most instructors think of themselves as occupational voice users but the majority do not have any previous voice training. Dehydration and hoarse voice seem to be common problems in the industry.
It is of upmost importance, to effectively carry out their job and teach and empower clients, that fitness instructors follow some voice care and training guidance as part of self care. They are vocal athletes and without their voices could not effectively do their job.
My 𝐭𝐨𝐩 𝟑 𝐯𝐨𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐩𝐬 for fitness class instructors are:
1. 𝐎𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐞 𝐡𝐲𝐝𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧. Consider your age, weight and level of physical and vocal activity and make sure you achieve overall good systemic hydration and also surface hydration for your voice. Have your own familiar and distinctive water bottle for motivation. Invest in a water tracker. I’d recommend a Thirtsy Ulla.
2. 𝐔𝐬𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐲 𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 when teaching classes. Do your research for the best option of headset for you. And practice helps too. The main reason for having a mic is to reduce vocal strain so speaking at a normal volume and slowing your speech rate is vital, but this can feel strange at first.
3. Consider your voice like any other muscle in the bode. Before, during and after a work out you need to 𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐦 𝐮𝐩, 𝐦𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐜𝐥𝐞 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐧 𝐜𝐨𝐨𝐥 𝐝𝐨𝐰𝐧. Have a voice routine just like you do and your teach during your classes for other muscles. It will only take a few minutes out of your day and will make all the difference to your voice.
Here’s an extra tip that wasn’t in my original blog post…follow Sara Davis @voxfit_ on Instagram and check out her podcast episode as a guest on ‘Off the Bike’ with Crystal Bonham Episode # 4. Both are packed full of useful voice care tips. Sara is a voice specialist speech therapist, passionate advocate for the professional voice and a gym class instructor. She has done research on the need for voice training for fitness instructors.